Live Auction items shine with local talent

By Emily Bishop

Cooper-Young is what it is today because of the artists. If not for their strong wills and talents, we would not have such distinct representations of the neighborhood, such as the Trestle art and the ginkgo leaf bike racks that are seen around the heart of CY. In fact, the cornerstone of our neighborhood can be found with the dozens of artists that call CY home. In the beginning, they looked past the run-down facades and saw the strong bones of the houses. Today, they show their support by donating to the Art for Art’s Sake Auction.

The Cooper-Young Community Association is deeply grateful to everyone who has contributed time, money, and artistic talents to make this event a success each and every year.

Show support for this gorgeous neighborhood by coming to the Art for Art’s Sake Auction on April 10th at the Young Avenue Deli. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door ($20, or $15 for CYCA members), and good times and great food can be found inside!

Here, you can see a sampling of the local artists and their work that will be available during the live auction. Many more items are included in the silent auction. Visit for more information.

(Full gallery at the end of this post)

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Artist: Mollie Jaye Riggs


Title: Life is good in Cooper-Young

Value: $900

Description: Acrylic and casien on wood

I enjoy riding my bicycle around the neighborhood. I can carry a party in my basket.

Why I love CY: If I didn’t live in Cooper-Young, I probably wouldn’t live in Memphis.

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Artist: Bo Graham of Fourteenth Colony


Hand forged chandelier made in Midtown Memphis

Value: $800

This piece is inspired by the architecture and design of the late 19th and early 20th century. It is made from hand-forged steel and brass with an oxidized patina and sealed for indoor use with a natural non-toxic wax.

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Artist: Brandon Herbers


Google: Charles Blackburn Flickr photostream

Title: The Grapevine

Value: $400

A new medium created and added to the art world by Brandon Herbers and done by accentuating wood grain with blow torch and dremel.

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Artist: Lisa Lumb


Title: Wax, Flax, and Java to the Max

Medium: Stained glass on found object

Value: $1250

I chose to depict three colorful and unique local businesses in CY: Goner Records, Java Cabana, and Loudean’s on Young Avenue. Some of these buildings have been around for almost a century now, though the businesses have changed over the years. I love to think that a century’s worth of shoppers have strolled down the avenue to windowshop and that CY is still going strong. When some of our restaurants closed recently, people were predicting the worst…but once again, CY has bounced back with a vengeance, with even more businesses coming in to take up the slack.

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Artist: Paul Clarke


Title: Cooper-Young January 1st 2001

Description: Photograph taken early morning. Number 8 of 15 prints.

Value: $250

I have images in my head—the camera is my medicine—without it my head would explode.

Artist: Lizi Beard Ward

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Title: Gazebo at Cooper & Young and Fall Trees in CY

Value: $250

Medium: Digitally enhanced photos

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Artist: John Carter

Phone: 901-486-3540


Title: Turtle Lake at the Botanic Gardens

Description: Oil on canvas

Value: $250

This painting is based on a photograph given to me by a dear fellow painter, David Wertzberger, who passed away a few years ago from cancer.

Why I love CY: All throughout my college years and until 1980 I lived and worked in Midtown. I still work here and will always love the area.

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Artist: Karen Bottle Capps


Title: Elvis’ Birthplace

Value: $575

In this portrait of Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, you can feel and touch where the King of Rock and Roll began his musical journey. Made from glass, vintage bottle caps, and costume jewelry and made complete with an historical marker. This is a must-have piece. Look! A tiny porch swing. The same one, except different, that little Elvis sat on. A cloudy day with the center of the sun is a pyramid, doves fly away peacefully as Elvis did at Graceland. I found those barrettes at Peabody School Playground across the street. The foundation stones on the house are made from pottery pieces I found on the banks of the Mississippi River. The river washes away Memphis’ early trash dumps with its rise and fall. This one is early 1920’s.

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Artist: Carol Robison

Phone: 901-502-1649

Title: Hawk Over Young Ave. Deli

Medium: Paint on wood

Value: $600

Carol Robison walks by the Deli every day with her dogs. She notices stuff. Recently, she’s been seeing birds. Redtail Hawks flying back and forth among the trees that surround the Deli. No bird collisions here. These Hawks are watching “over” the Deli. Its not the beer your feeling, it’s the hawks intensifying your life force. These hawks spread joy and add fulfillment to your bohemian lifestyle.

We can look forward to more bird paintings from Carol as she watches a flock of Yellow Crowned Night Heron’s nesting in her trees. They come every spring, build a nest, more birds come, they do mating dances, whooping calls, and make new family members, then fly south again. Ahh. The South, we love it here.

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Artist: Robby Johnston aka Slim


Title: Winter Night

Medium: Acrylic with mixed media and found art on panel

Value: $200

I like Cooper-Young’s diversity of people and could live at Tsunami!

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Artist: CY Community

Title: Peace in Cooper-Young

Value: $250

The entire community was invited by ARTjamN to paint and express their creativity. The result was a group collage of fun and color.

ARTjamN…it’s Paintertainment.

Canvas, paint, easels, and fun.


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Artist: Cat Snyder


Title: Remain Seated at all Times

Value: $200

I know a certain person who is a big fan of Cat’s work. Will she be at the auction? Yes. So you better be ready to bid up and often. The Libertyland debacle has caused many a fist fight, and friends have stopped talking to friends. The Zippin Pippin is going to be missed, but the good people in Green Bay will keep it rolling for future fun.

Cat Snyder has made some very awesome photos to remember her by. For all those who rode this ride, you know you want it. Beautiful colors and shaded tones. The Zippin Pippin comes alive in her photo.

Cat was born and raised in Memphis, TN.

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Artist: Jeanne Seagle


Title: Moonrise at Ute Mountain

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Value: $1000

Ute Mountain is a sacred site for the Indians of Northern New Mexico. It rises up independently from a vast plain in an area of ancient volcanos and lava flows. I have seen it covered with violent storm clouds when the rest of the sky was sunny and blue. In this instance, vertical clouds rose up as if they were dancing. I was driving in this desolate landscape late at night, desperately hoping to find a motel room, when I saw this beautiful sight. It seemed to be a sign that all would be well.

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Toad Hall Gift Basket

Value: $400


Antique Dough Bowl,

Glass Vase,

Votive Candle,

Set of 4 Homer Laughlin Bowls,

Assortment of English Teas,

Gullah Gourmet Crab Cakes,

Lucky Frog,

Rice Measurer w/ Metal Handle,

Vintage Linen Runner,

Collectible Vintage Hotel Plante,

Mississippi Pottery,

English China,

Vintage Silver Serving Piece,

Handmade One-of-a-kind Cross.

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